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The Third Secret (1964)

A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide as ... See full summary »

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Alex Stedman
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Sir Frederick Belline
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Alfred Price-Gorham
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Anne Tanner
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Catherine Whitset
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Dr. Milton Gillen
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Alden Hoving
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Mildred Hoving
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Lawrence Jacks
Patience Collier ...
Mrs. Pelton
Freda Jackson ...
Mrs. Bales
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Miss Humphries
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Dr. Leo Whitset
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Lew Harding
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Dermot McHenry
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A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide as this would go against all of the principles her father stood for, therefore she is convinced it was murder. She enlists the help of a former patient to try to get to the truth. The truth, however, turns out to be both surprising and disturbing. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Död mans hemlighet  »

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Judi Dench's first film. See more »

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While on the beach, young Catherine is telling Alex that she knows the names of her father's patients. We hear her say she knows "four" names, but her lips show she is saying the word "five". Likely, "four" was dubbed over "five" upon the decision to remove Patricia Neal's character from the story. See more »

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Catherine Whitset: [Stedman is sitting alone in a darkened television studio as Catherine Whitset enters and indicates the broadcasting equipment] It's very complicated, isn't it?
Alex Stedman: It has to be.
Catherine Whitset: Why?
Alex Stedman: It saves people from having to think about what they're really doing. They have to concentrate on how to do it.
Catherine Whitset: That's therapy. It doesn't really help.
Alex Stedman: Therapy.
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Alex Stedman: Are you looking for anyone? I believe they've all gone home.
Catherine Whitset: You haven't.
Alex Stedman: How did you get in?
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Memorable English Thriller
17 April 1999 | by (Auckland,New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I first saw this movie-a 16mm print- at the Auckland Grammar School film club in 1967, and it left an indelible impression on me: first-class performances by Stephen Boyd and Pamela Franklin; the black and white photography accentuated the 'brooding' atmosphere of the movie; the surprising twist with rising tension and panic near the end - all combine to make this a stand-out British thriller in the genre of 'The Wicker Man'. The last scene is very moving: condensation running down the window is symbolic of tears of despair, regret, remorse, inner turmoil and paradoxically - 'release'

A haunting (not in the horror sense) and unsettling film - a classic film noir.


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